Thursday, January 16, 2014

Bob Dylan - Nashville skyline

Bob Dylan goes country. After experiments with country roots music on earlier albums he went full on Nashville on this, and a fabulous album it is too starting with a duet with Johnny Cash no less. "Girl from the North country" is a straight-ahead sparse yet atmospheric country rock classic.

Bob's voice was very different on this 1969 album, one of a number at the time that helped country-rock develop a flourishing fresh genre in the early 70s. Vocals somewhat warmer and more gentle than before, Bob often adopted a crooning style of singing. "I threw it all away" is a reflective heart-felt track, simple rootsy music.

"Lay lady lay" is the album highlight, steel guitars helping generate a wonderful psychedelic swirl.

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